KNITTING || STRIPE STUDY SHAWL

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Stripe Study Shawl on luvinthemommyhood.com Pattern by Veera Valimaki
stripe study shawl by veera valimaki
i got spoiled by my mom and dad this past xmas when they surprised me with some gorgeous madelinetosh tosh merino lite to make the stripe study shawl by veera valimaki (one of my fave knitwear designers).  i cast that baby on so fast and i swear i loved every minute of it.  even the ones that i moaned and groaned through.  those were the last few days of straight garter.  now don't get me wrong - i love garter, but after the excitement and fun of this shawl design just knitting straight garter stitch for a few inches felt a bit too humdrum.  but then i found my rhythm and my happy place and boom - my stripe study was done.

Stripe Study Shawl on luvinthemommyhood.com Pattern by Veera Valimaki
Stripe Study Shawl on luvinthemommyhood.com Pattern by Veera Valimaki
Stripe Study Shawl on luvinthemommyhood.com Pattern by Veera Valimaki
Stripe Study Shawl on luvinthemommyhood.com Pattern by Veera Valimaki

what's taken me almost as long as knitting it has been getting pics of it.  you see sometimes i have to beg (and i mean beg) the hubs to photograph things for me.  hard part is i always have some sort of creative visual in my head of the whole photoshoot. I know what I want.  he can't see in my brain. i can't seem to tell him in man lingo and we both end up frustrated.  either way we try to make it work.  so after a somewhat relaxing visit to the beach the other day (or as relaxing as it can be with 2 kids frolicking in the wet sand (one who keeps going just a bit too far out into the ocean), a hubs who keeps attempting to play with mad strange dogs, noisy people standing on the beach having a very loud 10min conversation in part german about real estate, and a child who all of a sudden realizes they have to pee and can't hold it) we attempted to get a few quick shots before driving like a madwoman to the nearest washroom so my crying child could pee.

Stripe Study Shawl on luvinthemommyhood.com Pattern by Veera Valimaki
Stripe Study Shawl on luvinthemommyhood.com Pattern by Veera Valimaki

needless to say they aren't perfect which is why there are a few more of my daughter modeling them above.  she tried to help me out.  i added them in and edited this to add that even though i wrote that i was making peace with my hubs pics i still tried again and prolly will a few more times until i get the shot that i'm happy with..lol. overall though i just wanted you to see it.  so i'm letting it go for now.  making peace with the photos of my stripe study.  it's beautiful.  i love it.  i hope you'll take my word for it and go make one of your own one day.  it's the perfect indulgence and actually a quite easy and relaxing knit that's perfect for purse knitting.  if you love short rows you'll love the race and anticipation of stripe study.  be warned though that blocking this lovely takes patience & a good tv show or movie (it took me an hour or two). i highly recommend using blocking wires (i got mine from knitpicks) and being very picky about it.  mine blocked nicely and i'm  happy with the turnout.


||  PATTERN  ||
- Stripe Study Shawl by Veera Valimaki

||  YARN USED  ||
- Torchere in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Lite
- Steamer Trunk in Madlinetosh Tosh Merino Lite

||  NOTES  ||
- I did not do the full amount of stripe repeats. I simply did what others had done and knit till I ran out of my red color. You can't really tell and I love it anyways :) I also carried my yarn on the color changes up the sides for the 2 rows. No weaving in ends for me :)

i love the lines and the design of this shawl and have been wearing it tons! it's such a fun pattern to make and it was a joy to knit.  two thumbs up in my book.  my mom also made one and i love that we can both sport our stripe study's together! thanks mom & dad!

what about you? have you made one? do you like short rows as well?  what's your fave shawl to knit?  let's chat knitty goodness m'dears!  coffees on!

p.s  Laura C from Littleandlots was the winner of the Botanical Knits Book Giveaway!!! I'll be in touch today! Thanks for all of your entries!

24 comments:

  1. The shawl is beautiful! You must be totally delighted with it. And I have to say: I had not a clue how difficult I would find it to take good photos for my blog. It's been the biggest learning curve for me! Despite this story, you do make it look effortless.

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    1. thanks so much Ann and yes, the pics are a lot of work :) Thankfully most of the time I can take them myself and I enjoy the process more.

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  2. it looks amazing!! and yes. i should probably cast on for one. ;) xo

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  3. Beautiful!! I love the peeks of grey between the red stripes!

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  4. Gorgeous! I love Torchere. I thought I wanted to do a Color Affection shawl, but now I'm dreaming of one of these. (Am working on Veera's Celery cardi and see how she could become one's favorite designer in a hurry!) I find photographing my knits MUCH more difficult than photographing my quilts, and quilt photography ain't no cakewalk. So props to your hubs.

    And yay, I never win anything!! Super excited! :)

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  5. stunning, stunning, stunning! torchere looks beautiful with steamer trunk. inspiring...thank you! xoxo

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    1. My mom picked the colors! She's awesome!

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  6. So amazing! I love the colors you used and I bet in person it's even more stunning!

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    1. It is! There's so much orange and bits of fun shades of red all throughout that Torchere color! Just stunning!

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  7. Oh I love your shawl. I think the pictures turned out great. I'll have to keep this on my list of travel knits.

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    1. It's a great one for traveling. Once you start going it's easy to memorize:)

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  8. amazing Shawl! and I do like your hubs photos! you look great!

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  9. this is so incredibly gorgeous Shannon - I want it for real!!!

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  10. What a beautiful shawl! And I think the pics are just great, but I don't know what is in your head, either, so I don't know what you were hoping for!

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  11. Awwww, thanks everyone! So sweet of you! I heart this shawl!

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  12. SO PRETTY!!! I love it! And I can't imagine having to do a real photo shoot with my kids running around and husband taking the pictures. Lol.
    There have been several occasions where I have held clover while she peed in the grass. haha.

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  13. I love Veera's designs. I have made a Colour Affection with lacewight and I wear it often.

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  14. It's gorgeous!!! Some photoshoots are better than others, for sure, but the color and shape of the shawl definitely came through in the photos and that's the most important thing! I want to wrap myself up in it. :)

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  15. This turned out amazing! I am in love with the colors you chose (Torchere is one of my faves!!), and nice job with the blocking! And your description of the beach trip cracked me up..."noisy people standing on the beach having a very loud 10min conversation in part german about real estate", LOL!

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  16. This shawl is very beautiful in these colors! I love Veera's patterns. I'm knitting one of her shawl (the "Play) with short rows too.

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  17. Your colors are gorgeous!

    Can I ask a possibly dumb question? I am a relatively new knitter and I just bought this pattern. What cast on did you use? A stretchy one? A stable one? A provisional? I don't know how to get started! Haha. Thanks!

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    1. Ohhh...I'm not sure anymore. I did this a while ago. I would guess if she doesn't suggest one that I used the Long Tail Cast On. It's a fave of mine and not bad for stretch.

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    2. That was quick, thanks! That's the only one I'm any good at so that will make things easy.

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    3. Most welcome! Enjoy, I loved knitting it!

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